About 795,000 Americans will suffer a stroke this year, yet most people in the U.S. cannot identify stroke warning signs or risk factors. Many strokes – some studies indicate that up to 80 percent – can be prevented through risk factor management. In Laurens County, we’re fortunate to have a program recognized by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center at Fairview Park Hospital. The Stroke program at Fairview Park has also been named a Coverdell Award Winner for its strides in stroke awareness & prevention.
Strides in Stroke – Fairview Park Hospital Receives Coverdell Award.
If caught quickly, the long term effects of a stroke can be diminished or reversed completely with the administration of t–PA (tissue plasminogen activator), a clot busting drug given in the Emergency Department.
In 2013, Fairview Park treated over 120 stroke patients with numerous seeing dramatically positive outcomes. This is attributed only to the quick response of seeking emergency help and the administration of tPA upon arrival.
There is no doubt that more education about stroke is needed. Public awareness of stroke warning signs and risk factors has not improved much during the past five years. Fairview Park is taking a lead from National Stroke Association and striving to educate about risk factor management and how to recognize and respond to warning signs by acting FAST.
Did You Know?
- Stroke kills two times more women annually than breast cancer.
- Stroke is largely preventable. It helps to manage risk factors, including high blood pressure, weight, alcohol consumption, smoking, diabetes and more. Get a free risk factor scorecard at www.stroke.org/risk and discuss the results with a healthcare professional.
- Stroke is an emergency! It's important to learn stroke warning signs and how to respond to them. Emergency treatment may be available if a stroke is recognized FAST and 9-1-1 is called. Use the FAST test to remember warning signs: